* Postponed * - Professional Directions: A Conversation with Documentary Filmmaker Tia Lessin ‘86

Update: Due to travel-related issues, this evening's (10/14) Professional Directions with Tia Lessin '86 has been postponed to a later date.  


Join us on Friday, October 14 at 5:00 p.m. for a conversation with documentary filmmaker Tia Lessin ’86.

Location: Room 220, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts (430 College Ave., Ithaca)

Tia Lessin was nominated for an Academy Award for her work as a director and producer of the Hurricane Katrina survival story Trouble the Water, winner of the 2008 Sundance Grand JuryPrize and the Gotham Independent Film Award. She directed and produced Citizen Koch, about the rise of the Tea Party in the Midwest, which also premiered at Sundance and was shortlisted for an Oscar in 2014. The Janes is the third feature-length documentary that Tia has directed. In 2001, Tia received the Sidney Hillman Award for Broadcast Journalism for directing the documentary short Behind the Labels about the labor trafficking of garment workers on U.S. Saipan. Tia was on the producing teams of Palme D’Or winning Fahrenheit 9/11,  Academy Award winning Bowling for Columbine, and the Grammy-winning No Direction Home: Bob Dylan. She produced the film Where to Invade Next  and executive produced Fahrenheit 11/9. Her work on the 1998/99 television series The Awful Truth earned her two Emmy nominations, one arrest, and a lifetime ban from Disneyland.

A screening of The Janes directed by Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes will happen on Oct. 13, 7:30p.m. followed by a Q&A at Cornell Cinema. For more info, visit cinema.cornell.edu.

This event is free and open to the public and is part of PMA's Professional Directions series, which invites industry experts to speak about their career journeys as screenwriters, playwrights, editors, producers, directors, theatre critics, dramaturgs, and more.

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